Mobile Future

Consumers Can’t Seem to Put Down Their Wireless Devices

New data released this week captures the frenetic growth in the mobile landscape.  As reported by GigaOm, smartphones now make up more than half of all phones sold in the U.S. and data consumption by wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets has skyrocketed.  Compared to Q1 of 2010, the first quarter of 2011 saw a 130% increase in mobile data usage.

What is contributing to this huge jump? As Mashable points out, a report by Allot Communications finds that video streaming has become the largest user of data on wireless devices and soaks up 39% of mobile bandwidth.  The report also shows that social media is a very popular mobile activity, and in the first half of 2011 Twitter grew 297% and Facebook grew 166%.

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